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LLRW Shipper and Transporter Registrations

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Texas Agencies Regulating LLRW Disposal

There are three agencies responsible for regulating different aspects of Low Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) disposal at the Texas LLRW disposal facility. The following is an attempt to clarify each agency's role, what regulations apply and whom to contact for more information or questions.

  1. Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program, Radiation Safety Licensing Branch

    DSHS regulates shipping and transportation of LLRW to the Texas Disposal Facility under the following sections of Title 25, Texas Administrative Code:

  2. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

    TCEQ is responsible for licensing the Texas LLRW waste disposal facility under 30 Texas Administrative Code, Title 336; "Radioactive Substance Rules".

    Also see the Waste Generator Disposal Guide page on their website.

  3. Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission (TLLRWDCC)

    The TLLRWDCC is responsible for setting policies and rules providing for the efficient management of the Texas LLRW disposal facility under the Texas and Vermont waste disposal compact agreement. The TLLRWDCC is independent and not a State agency.


Applications Process for LLRW Shipper Registration

Applications process for Registration of Shippers of LLRW to the Texas LLRW Disposal Facility includes submission of a letter requesting to be registered including the business name, mailing address, contact person, phone number, e-mail and fax along with a RC 252-1, Business Information Form (PDF, 54KB). In addition, the following documents must be supplied as well:

  • Emergency Plan for the response to an accident or incident involving shipments of radioactive waste.
  • A list of approved shipping containers along with their certificates of compliance or other certifying documentation
  • Shippers that manufactures their own containers must submit their quality assurance procedures

There is no application fee. Shippers are charged $10 per cubic foot, and will be billed by the Department after the shipment is completed.

Guidance for preparing the Emergency Plan and Quality Assurance procedures (if necessary) can be found in Regulatory Guide 2.19 “Guide for Submission of Documents and Fees by Low Level Radioactive Waste Shippers and Transporters” (PDF, 79KB).

Applicable statutes can be found in 25 Texas Administrative Code, §289.252 and §289.257.


Applications Process for LLRW Transporter Registration

Applications process for Registration of Transporters of LLRW to the Texas LLRW Disposal Facility includes submission of a letter requesting to be registered including the business name, mailing address, contact person, phone number, e-mail and fax along with a RC 252-1, Business Information Form (PDF, 54KB). In addition, the following documents must be supplied as well:

  • Emergency Plan for the response to an accident or incident involving shipments of radioactive waste
  • Proof of financial responsibility such as insurance that the carrier has in order to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation requirements

There is no application fee, or fee based on the amount of material transported by a carrier.

Guidance for preparing the Emergency Plan and submitting proof of financial responsibility can be found in Regulatory Guide 2.19 “Guide for Submission of Documents and Fees by Low Level Radioactive Waste Shippers and Transporters” (PDF, 79KB).

Applicable statutes can be found in 25 Texas Administrative Code, §289.252 and §289.257.


Contact Information

LLRW Shipper/Transporter Registrations
Email: Shawn Garza
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2628

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Last updated January 26, 2016